In the photo on the left, taken in March 2018, Lindsay Benton weighed 209 pounds. In the photo on the right, taken this month, she weighed 179 pounds. (All photos contributed by Lindsay Benton)

Lindsay Benton, 28, of Douglasville lost 46 pounds

SUCCESS STORY / Lindsay Benton, 28: From 225 pounds to 179 pounds

Former weight: 225 pounds

Current weight: 179 pounds

Pounds lost: 46 pounds

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Age: 28 years

How long she’s kept it off: Started in April 2018 and reached her current weight this month.

Personal life: “I live in Douglasville. I work for Community Management Associates. I am a property manager, so I manage homeowners associations,” Benton said. “My fiancé … he’s been a really big supporter.”

Turning point: “I work out all the time — I love to work out, but the scale wouldn’t move. I was putting in all this work and nothing was changing,” Benton said. “I was sitting on the couch watching TV and an ad came on for WW, the new Weight Watchers . A doctor had mentioned to me about trying it — I thought I was too young for Weight Watchers. I saw the ad and decided to try it. I am really glad that I did, but I’m a little upset that I waited so long. I didn’t tell anyone for a while. I started to get really involved in the online community — it’s like Facebook, but for Weight Watchers. … It’s called WW Connect. … People will share their struggles. … (It’s a) huge support network. … Sometimes social media can be not so kind. Connect has always been one of those safe places — I think it has made WW a game changer.”

Diet plan: Breakfast is a protein smoothie with almond milk, spinach and fruit. Lunch is grilled chicken, vegetables and rice. For dinner, she makes her favorite enchiladas. “I’m not on a diet — it’s a lifestyle change,” Benton said.

Exercise routine: She exercises five to six days per week. “I have an app called Daily Burn. They have thousands of workout videos. I use that the majority of the time during the week because I’m crunched for time,” she said. “… All of these I do at home in my own house — if it’s at my house I have no excuses.” She also runs with her fiancé.

Biggest challenge: “Probably the biggest challenge for me, because I was always very thin before I graduated college and got a desk job, I could eat anything I wanted,” Benton said. “… Changing the mindset has been the hardest but the most rewarding … knowing it’s a journey — it’s not going to happen overnight.”

How life has changed: “Life has changed a lot. … It has changed my life, my confidence level,” Benton said. “… I got my license to be a property manager, but I don’t think I would have had the confidence to go out and do this without the weight loss. I used to have a lot of confidence when I was younger. Now that I’m losing it, I am more confident. I feel like that affects my work ethic, to take on the task to get things done. I’m not as shy as I used to be. I don’t think I would have been as big an advocate for myself without the weight-loss journey.”

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